LEED Green Associate

In the face of the growing demands of urban population growth, sustainable design and green building practices have increasingly taken center stage. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED®, is the most widely used green building system in the world. Obtaining a LEED® professional credential signals that an individual is a leader in environmentally friendly and sustainable design.

This self-paced, online program is ideal for those new to green building, as well as product manufacturers, real estate professionals, and contractors. It introduces key concepts and terms to prepare learners to earn their LEED® Green Associate v4™ accreditation. The certificate program is divided into modules that explain the LEED® process, LEED® certification, and the knowledge domains associated with the seven LEED® rating systems, in a simple and straightforward way that can be quickly and easily understood.

Students who complete the LEED® Green Associate™ program are awarded a total of 1.4 CEUs. Students have 6 months to complete all of the coursework, beginning on the date they are emailed the course access. 

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Curriculum & Course Details

Upon completion of this certificate, students should be able to do the following:

  • Understand the structure and requirements of the LEED®  Green Associate™ Exam
  • Explain and apply the key concepts found in the LEED® rating systems
  • Differentiate green building practices and their associated environmental, economic, and social benefits.
  • Begin your preparation to earn your LEED®  Green Associate™ accreditation with confidence

The Certificate is divided into nine sections:

  • Introduction to LEED® Process
  •  U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) & LEED®
  • Location & Transportation 
  • Sustainable Sites 
  • Water Efficiency Energy & Atmosphere
  • Materials & Resources
  •  Indoor Environmental Quality
  •  Innovation (IN) & Regional Priority

It is recommended that students complete the above sections in sequential order, but students are able to access all sections at any time. Throughout the course, comprehension and understanding of important topics will be tested through challenging exercises and interactive games. Quizzes and tests will also be employed to ensure that learners have a clear grasp of the critical details they'll need to know as LEED® Green Associates™. 

The program also offers an assortment of real-world case studies and has an "Ask the Expert" feature, which submits your questions directly to an expert in the field you are studying. Questions are answered within three business days.

The Certificate provides a thorough preparation for the LEED® Green Associate™ Exam. Please note that the tuition does not include the cost of the exam, and students are responsible for applying for it.

Quizzes and Testing

In order to complete the program successfully and receive IACET CEU credit, students must complete all content elements in the course and score a minimum of 70% on the course self-assessment. Learners will have three attempts at all graded assessments.

As a non-credit program, students earn a complete/incomplete status.  Letter grades are not issued, nor recorded by Duke Continuing Studies.

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This certificate provides a thorough preparation for the LEED® Green Associate™ Exam. Duke University Continuing Studies has no affiliation with the Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) or LEED® Green Associate™ registration.  Students are responsible for applying to sit for the exam, and the cost of the exam is not included in program tuition. More information on how to apply can be found here:

Completion of Duke’s LEED® Green Associate™ program does not guarantee eligibility to sit for the LEED® Green Associate™ exam. GBCI governs the policies, processes and administration of the examination. Prospective students to the Duke the LEED® Green Associate™ Program whose intent is to sit for the examination should consult with GBCI to ascertain if they meet the exam eligibility requirements.

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All registrants must meet the following requirements:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Possess word processing and internet skills
  • Be fluent in the English language (including reading and writing)
  • Be familiar with how online programs work and be comfortable using them
  • Be computer literate, have reliable internet access and a valid email account (Please note personal email accounts are preferred as they are less likely to be blocked by firewalls and spam filters)
  • Meet the computer technical requirements specifications

Admission is discretionary. The office of Duke Continuing Studies, Professional Certificate Programs, requires students be a least 18 years of age and meet minimum suitability standards. Students are not matriculated Duke University students and university student privileges do not apply to Continuing Studies students.

Duke Continuing Studies reserves the exclusive right, at its sole and absolute discretion, to withhold registration or require withdrawal from the program of any student or applicant.

The materials used in this course are copyrighted and are intended for individual use by registered students. Unauthorized or illegal use, or attempted use, of these materials will result in a suspension and/or cancellation of the user’s account.

Certificate requirements

In order to earn a certificate of completion from Duke Continuing Studies, students must successfully:

  • Pay tuition in full (upon registration)
  • Complete the program in its entirety within the six month time frame (beginning when students are emailed their program access)
  • Complete all assignments and quizzes and get a minimum score of 70% on all graded exams. (Students are given three attempts on all exams).

Technical requirements

Operating System

  • Windows XP SP2 or newer
  • Mac OS 10.4.11 or higher
  • Linux/Unix (any recent version)


  • 1 Ghz or faster CPU
  • 512 MB RAM
  •  video card
  • sound card and headphones or speakers (some assignments have audio components)


  • Microsoft Office 97 (or newer) or comparable office suite such as Open Office (free download available at
  • Adobe Flash Player 9 or greater (free download available at
  • Adobe Reader/Acrobat Reader 7.0 or greater (free download available at

Web Browser

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 or greater
  • Firefox 3.6 or greater (free download available)
  • Netscape, Safari, Opera, Chrome, and other web browsers may work, however may not render all features of the course(s)
  • Cookies must be enabled
  • JavaScript must be enabled


  • Reliable internet connection
  • E-mail account (to be able to register and to receive e-mail from the system regarding registration, course status, etc.)


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Schedule & Registration


Registration is ongoing; therefore students can begin the program when it is convenient for them! 

Registration is not available June 24 - June 30 annually due to the close of the fiscal year for the university.


Note: our enrollment system is a separate system from that used for your online training, and therefore, access to the online training is not an automated process upon your registration. Please be aware that there may be a time delay of up to 5 business days before you receive the email with your access to the online program. This delay will not affect your allotted completion time for the program. Please check your spam/junk folder because sometimes the access emails end up there.

Enrollment Steps

  • Register for this program and pay tuition in full.
  • Receive an email within five business days from our program partner MindEdge containing details about how to access the program’s web portal.
  • Log in and begin coursework.  Students will have 6 months to complete their coursework from the date they receive their program access.

Registration Methods

  1. Register Online using a credit card with our secure, real-time registration system. Add the course to your shipping cart and follow the instructions for checking out.
  2. Register by phone at 919-684-6259 during our business hours (Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm EST) to register.
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Frequently Asked Questions

Once I have completed this program, will I be a credentialed LEED® Green Associate™? 

No. Students must successfully take the LEED® Green Associate™ exam to receive their certification. Please note that students are responsible for applying for the exam and paying any applicable fees. 

Are there textbooks, and if so, are they included in the cost of the tuition?

Students are not required to purchase any textbooks for this program.  

Is this program affiliated with any other office at Duke University?

This program is not affiliated with any other Duke office. It is offered exclusively through Duke Continuing Studies in a collaboration with MindEdge. 

Does Duke faculty serve as instructors/mentors/subject matter experts in the program?

For programs that include such features (not all do) we have chosen as instructors to use individuals who practice, and in many cases are certified, in the subject matter area being taught to enrich the professional working adult learning experience.

Do I have to log on a certain times on certain days?

No, these courses are completely self-paced, allowing students to schedule the course work as they so desire within the allotted access time.

Am I able to take individual courses?

No, LEED® Green Associate™ is available as a certificate only, and individual courses cannot be purchased separately.

When is registration open?

Students may register between July 1 and June 23 each year.  Registration is not available from June 24 - June 30 annually due to the close of the fiscal year for the university.

After registering, when will students receive additional program details?

Within 5 business days of enrollment (excluding Duke holidays), students will receive an email from our program partner MindEdge with web access information.

Is access to a computer required during this program?

This is an exclusively online program and access to a reliable computer is required for the duration of the program.

How long do students have access to each online course?

Students will have access to all courses within the certificate for 6 months (180 days) from the date in which they receive program access.

How long does the certificate take to complete?

The entire certificate is estimated to take 14 hours to complete. Completion time will vary by student.

Are extensions granted to students who request them?

No.  Sufficient time to complete coursework has been given, and therefore no extensions will be granted.  If a course is not finished and a student wants to re-enroll to complete it, he or she will have to purchase the course/package again and restart the training from the beginning of the course.

What are the technical requirements for this program?

See the Requirements section above.

How do students ask questions?

Each course has an "Ask the Expert" feature, which submits your questions directly to an expert in the field you are studying. Questions are answered as quickly as possible and usually within 24 hours.

What do students do if there are technical issues while completing the course?

Students should contact the Duke Program Manager via email to troubleshoot technical issues.  Students can expect a response within 3 business days.

How do students earn a certificate of completion from Duke Continuing Studies?

Students who complete all program content within the allotted time, achieve the minimum grade required, and pay tuition in full (upon registration) will receive a certificate of completion from Duke Continuing Studies. Students will be able to download, for up to six months from completing the program, a certificate of completion from the Learning Management System.

Will these courses count for credits or degrees?

No. These courses are not applicable to a degree.

Upon completion of one or more courses how do students get verification of their IACET credits?

Students download their certificate of completion from the Learning Management System.  The certificate will include CEU credits earned.

What is the refund policy for these courses?

There are no refunds given for online courses.

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Tuition & Funding Sources



Duke Employee Discount

  •  $35 off the fee of $349
    • Duke employee pays fee of $314
  • Student must register and pay tuition in full prior to receiving program access
  • Questions:  Contact Program Manager at 919-684-3379 

Discount must be requested and applied during the registration process and cannot be applied in addition to any other discount that may be offered. You may be asked to verify your status as a Duke employee.

Group Discount

Do you have a group (Duke or non-Duke entity) interested in training?

Contact the Program Manager for details.


Funding Sources

The funding options listed below may not be applicable to all programs at this time. Please contact the organization offering the funding to see if you qualify and if the funds can be used for the program in which you are interested.


Our Professional Certificate programs are non-credit (not degree applicable); therefore, they are NOT eligible for federal education loans. DO NOT SUBMIT FAFSA FORMS for these programs. Some of our programs may offer payment plans. Please see individual program web pages for those details.

Duke Continuing Studies courses are non-degree offerings. Therefore, loans (Wells Fargo Graduate loan, Sallie Mae Smart Option Undergraduate loan, etc.) cannot be construed to imply any degree-seeking status.

Duke Continuing Studies (DCS) will not certify (approve) loan amounts greater than the amount of the tuition, regardless of the amount approved by the lending agency. DCS reserves the right to reject any loan which exceeds the tuition amount. DCS will not be responsible for refunding monies in excess of the tuition. Students needing to secure loan funding for books or other items in relation to the program are responsible for making separate loan arrangements with the funding agency. No loan funds will be refunded to the student.

Should a student choose to borrow less than the tuition amount, the balance must be paid prior to the close of the registration period.



Duke Hospital Employees

Duke University Hospital employees may be eligible for support from the Employee Development Initiative (EDI), which helps employees pay for short-term career-related programs, workshops, and seminars. For more information, visit the Employee Development Initiative site or call Duke Hospital Human Resources at (919) 668-2170.

Workforce Investment Act

The WIA provides professional and basic skills training services to those who have been unable to find employment. Please keep in mind that this process can be lengthy, so plan to apply well in advance of the program start date.  For more information on eligibility, the application process, or to find your local Workforce Development Board, visit the NC JobLink Career Center website.


AmeriCorps Education Awards are available only for AmeriCorps volunteers and can be used for educational expenses for non-degree courses, such as Continuing Education courses offered by qualified schools. For more information on qualified schools and programs, contact the National Service Trust at 1-800-942-2677, or visit the FAQ page of the AmeriCorps website.


The Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts (MyCAA) program provides up to $4,000 (over 2 years) of Financial Assistance for military spouses who are pursuing a license, certification, or Associates degree in a portable career field and occupation. For more information, please visit the MyCAA website.

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Policies & Procedures

Online Classes

There are no refunds or cancellations for online courses.


No extensions will be granted. Students who require additional time to complete the course(s) they registered for will be responsible for re-registering and paying for the course in full for a second time.

Tax Deductions

Course fees and expenses are sometimes tax deductible. Please consult an accountant concerning this matter. Non-credit programs at Duke Continuing Studies do not generate 1098-T forms, in accordance with the following IRS guideline:

Instructions for Forms 1098-E and 1098-T published by the Department of the Treasury, Internal Revenue Service, states “You do not have to file Form 1098-T or furnish a statement for: Courses for which no academic credit is offered, even if the student is otherwise enrolled in a degree program…”

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